Update [November 07, 2016]: Huawei is rolling out the Nougat update as beta for Indian Honor 8 users. Selected users who will enroll into the beta program launched today will receive the Nougat beta update on their Honor 8 as an OTA, while the beta program will also be brought to U.S., U.K., and France. You can subscribe to program here.
Update [September 28, 2016]: A new update is rolling out today bearing the build no. FRD- L09C432B120, which also fixes issues with GPS and such.
We already have this firmware available for download at out Honor 8 firmware page, so if this is your Honor 8’s firmware, going by model no., you can install it right away by downloading the firmware.
Original article [September 24, 2016]: Huawei has released a new update for its Honor 8 today, and it comes as version FRD-L04C567B141. The update is sized around 199 MB, and is the first one. Let’s talk about it, and the Honor 8 Nougat update prospects below.
We don’t have it available for download yet, but be sure to check our Honor 8 firmware for that where the old one is available.
The changelog for C567B141 update is available, and can be seen in the screenshot above too. Huawei has set the NFC On by default now, and has improved the GPS working too. The Google Play Services (GMS) also receives a new version in the update, the keypad shouldn’t block the view on the emergency call screen anymore.
Lastly we have the latest security patch included too, which given the term used, should be September patch level.
Honor 8 Nougat update release date
Last year, it took Huawei until March 26 to release the Marshmallow update for its Honor 7. This year, Honor 8 is Huawei’s flagship in place of Honor 7, and Nougat replaces Marshmallow as the update everybody is waiting for to release on their devices.
But Marshmallow released in October 5, 2015, while Nougat has been released in August 22, 2016, some 1.5 months earlier. So, if Huawei is performing at the same pace as it were on Marshmallow, then expect the Honor 8 Nougat update to release by mid-February 2017.
Though, that shouldn’t be the case, we expect the update to release earlier than that. Here’s why.
We think the Android 7.0 Nougat update for Honor 8 should be out by December 2016, because Google has shared the 7.0 code way earlier than ever, or compared to Marshmallow. We already saw a Nougat firmware leak for the Huawei P9, which means the company is fast readying the Android 7.0 update, and has a testing build out too. That’s why it should be arriving in Q4 2016, or December 2016 at the very least.